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On September 27th, several of us went to the Manchester court building to support Jeremy at his preliminary hearing for the charges filed against him by the VCU Police. For those of you who might not know, Jeremy was arrested on charges of slashing 7 VCU car tires, worth $1,330.00, making the charge a felony destruction of property. Jeremy and his public defender, at the hearing, were allowed to see some of the evidence that VCU has against him, and surprise surprise, without having any physical evidence (besides a few pictures of Jeremy AFTER he had been arrested and the picture of a tool confiscated after his arrest), the judge ruled that the case would be continued in a Grand Jury hearing on November 7. The Commonwealths’ attorney, Christopher Toepp, is the same friend of the police who tried to convict those arrested in the Monroe Park Occupation at the beginning of the year, as well as the Defenders in the African Burial Ground protest. He lost both of those cases,  but Jeremy was also told that he specifically requested this trial because “he wants to see it done right” and that he is looking for a felony conviction and jail time for Jeremy.

Jeremy will be sticking with his public defender for the time being, and has been fundraising for the last month or so to raise money for another attorney. Unfortunately, lawyers are unrightfully expensive, and the person he has in mind to represent him requires a $2,500 retainer fee to even start working on the case. Any help would be greatly appreciated, whether it be financial, advice, a friendly word, or  helping to put on a fundraising event to benefit his legal fund.  Also Jeremy has requested that as many people who can attend further trial dates as supporters is essential and appreciated, the more eyes and ears during this ordeal the better.  There has been no word yet as to whether or not Jeremy will be able to attend the Nov. 7 date, as it is usually private to the judge and attorneys involved.

Anyone who wishes to donate can do so using our handy PayPal button on the website, and be sure to specify what you want the money to be used for.

Thanks everyone for your support so far and in the future!

To update on Jeremy’s predicament with the VCU Police:

After the arraignment on Tuesday morning (to which several people from the city showed up in solidarity), Jeremy was released on a $5000 noncommittal bond, and a court case was set for September 27th, at 11 AM. We encourage anyone and everyone who takes umbrage with not only VCU Police, but all police everywhere, to show up to this and any subsequent court cases Jeremy might have to endure. These charges are publicly about a few car tires, but privately there is a deeper trend of police oppression at work. We believe that this trend must be brought to light, and must be talked about openly among all communities in this city, not just those with an anarchist message.

Jeremy is currently exploring other avenues of legal help, and has a couple good leads, but unfortunately a good lawyer for a serious charge is almost never cheap. Jeremy has requested any form of support that interested or sympathetic parties might be willing to donate, be it spreading the word about the case in your home town, sending a kind word or relavent literature to the Wingnut, and of course monetary donations towards legal fees would be greatly appreciated as well (we have a convenient Paypal button on the website… if you tell us exactly where you want your donation to be used, we will make sure it is allocated accordingly.)

This Fall, there will be a 3 part class on Colonization and Decolonization, meeting at the Wingnut Anarchist Collective on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm.

Autumn is a season when there are many reminders of colonization and the history of oppression, racism, and genocide that Amerikkka was founded on. From Columbus Day to Thanksgiving there are plenty of celebrations of colonization. We are choosing to take time to learn more about the real history of colonization and indigenous peoples during this season. We welcome folks with an interest in learning more about these issues to participate in this 3 part class.

The meetings will be at 8:30 pm on Tuesday September 20th, Tuesday September 27th, and Tuesday October 4th.

Richmond does not have a full fledged Free School, although this is something that folks at the Wingnut and others have been talking about for a while. We found the manual “Colonization and Decolonization – A Manual for Indigenous Liberation in the 21st Century” by Zig-Zag aka Gord Hill (Author of 500 years of Indigenous Resistance), and decided that we would like to do a class with the text. The text is already divided into 3 sections making for 3 hour long sessions. (more…)

On July 9th Richmond Food Bank showed up in Southern Barton Heights with enough food to provide for 200 households in our community. Here’s how it went:

Of the 200 vouchers handed out, 136 were handed in for food. In all, those with vouchers represented 227 adults, 298 children, and 88 seniors; accounting for 613 people total.

 

Having seen that there were some organizational issues to be worked out with how the Pantry has worked in the past, this month, we did things a little differently.  We have noticed over the last few months a trend in folks from Southern Barton Heights not receiving vouchers, while others from well outside of the neighborhood were receiving one, or even more. This is not to say that we don’t want other people to have food, on the contrary if it were up to us, we would live in a world where everyone had enough to keep themselves and those around them fed.  Sadly, we are only able to guarantee food for 200 families, which is by no means a small amount, but unfortunately doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the issue of hunger in our communities. So, with that in mind, we have revamped the process by which we are handing out vouchers, in an effort to better serve our immediate community. If you have, in previous months, received a voucher for the event, yet you did not this month, please keep in mind that if you are outside of our range of delivery you will either need to contact us at 804-303-5449, or come to the mobile food pantry event the second Saturday of every month and sign up to have a voucher delivered to you.

Not too long ago, our friend stopped by to help with the massive library reorganization project we were undertaking. Here’s what she had to say about ours, an several other libraries in the area.

http://rvanews.com/news/art-anarchists-archives-2/48412

We encourage visitors to our library on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-9pm! If anyone wants to become involved in organizing the library or bottomlining open hours please get in touch. We also accept donations of books and zines that are radical and anarchist in subject matter!

Our numbers for the June 2011 Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry have been counted.

On Saturday, June 11th, we gave out individual food portions to 191 people!

They represented the households of 140 adults, 157 children, and 56 seniors!

We also made deliveries to six households in our area for people who are elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to attend the food pantry or carry all the food home with them.

We’re getting our system down to a science, increasing our ability to reach out to and fulfill this basic necessity for families in our area. However, there is a clear need for similar programs in different areas of the city as well; every month we meet people from throughout Richmond and beyond who come to the mobile food pantry in Southern Barton Heights.

Fortunately, setting up a Mobile Food Pantry in your area is really easy! To start one in your area, contact Warren Hammonds (whammonds@feedmore.org) of the Central VA Food Bank. It’s very easy to start one! All you need are a location, a handful of volunteers to hand out the food, and a method for voucher distribution: here we deliver them by bicycle, but other groups distribute them via faith centers, community service and neighborhood associations, or other means.

To get a voucher for the Southern Barton Heights Mobile Food Pantry, just give us a call at (804) 303-5449 and we’ll put you on our delivery list!

Somebody mysteriously dropped off a sailboat in the middle of the night. That’s right… a fucking sailboat. Wingnut Armada commence!

The new vegetable oil filtration system (so as to save them duckets on diesel fuel) It’s unique building design also makes sure that we look redneck as fuck, and also never forget to filter all of our oil.

A new projector for screening kids movies this summer!

This is Scramble – the newest addition to the Wingunt family. He is a year old Brendel Pit, rescued from Richmond Animal Control. He has fit in just about perfectly with the other pups, all of the neighborhood children, and is, quite simply, the biggest sweetheart. Welcome home buddy!

Today we got an awesome box of goodies from our friends Marlon and Earthworm, participants in East Atlanta Copwatch. Included were new (and much needed) mugs, an array of cleaning supplies (one of our biggest tasks around here is keeping the house clean), a couple bags of collard seeds, and, most importantly…

 

NEW COPWATCH SHIRTS! (We got seven of ’em)

These asses kill fascists

In order to educate the children and give them a broader respect for various world cultures we will start having a weekly storytelling night at the Wingnut. It is our belief that most racism is built upon ignorance of other cultures and beliefs,  so the most effective method of combatting racism is through giving children an understanding and respect of cultures throughout the world at a young age through sharing their myths and folktales. We also hope to help children increase their skill at reading and gather a deeper interest in books so as they grow older they may choose what they wish to learn and further discover the joys of reading on their own.

In order to make storytime interesting we are building a collection of books of myths, folktales, and children’s stories from a variety of cultures. To kickstart this program, we just bought 10 books, which will be added to our Radical Lending Library and used in the Wingnut Storytime program.

If you would like to help us with this program, please just get in touch. Right now we will be trying out a couple different times for this (and it may end up being something that happens when kids are around or during Open Hours) but we will update as the times get set.

So far we have:

Tales of the Badia: Bedouin Folk Tales From Lebanon Tales of the Badia: Bedouin Folk Tales From Lebanon

Rami Zurayk

Aboriginal Myths: Tales Of The Dreamtime Aboriginal Myths: Tales Of The Dreamtime

Alexander Wyclif Reed, A.W. Reed

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela

Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest

Gerald McDermott

African Folk Tales (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) African Folk Tales (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)

Hugh Vernon-Jackson, Yuko Green

The Magical Monarch of Mo The Magical Monarch of Mo

L. Frank Baum

Moroccan Folktales (Middle East Literature in Translation) Moroccan Folktales (Middle East Literature in Translation)

Jilali El Koudia, Roger Allen

Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales: (Forgotten Books) Scottish Fairy and Folk Tales: (Forgotten Books)

George Douglas

Aesop's Fables: A Classic Illustrated Edition Aesop’s Fables: A Classic Illustrated Edition

Aesop, et al

Japanese Fairy Tales (Tuttle Classics) Japanese Fairy Tales (Tuttle Classics)

Yei Theodora Ozaki

There are lots of books we have found that we would like to use for the program and we are asking that anyone interested in supporting this effort think about buying one of the books for us (or giving us a copy if you have it already).

Here are some of the books we would like for our Children’s Storytime Program:

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To better prepare for the police presence at the May Day march, we will be hosting a Know Your Rights Training, geared specifically towards the march, for anyone who wants to attend. Knowing your rights when in a situation where police contact is likely is the best groundwork to have for making sure that you are not pressured by the police to give up more of your rights than they have already taken from you.

This will be more of an open discussion and planning session specifically for the march, not one of our more general workshops. Anyone who is planning on volunteering for Copwatch, Anarchist Black Cross, as a medic or bike marshall, or as a police liaison should consider this workshop an essential refresher in preparation for Sunday’s march.

Also, there will be coffee and donuts!